The Open Border Paradox – The Emergent US-Canada Transgovernmental Regime: Christian Leuprecht and Todd Hataley for CIC

The following is a short commentary from Christian Leuprecht and Todd Hataley examines the “Open Borders Paradox” which holds that borders depend on extensive cross-border cooperation both for their effectiveness and legitimacy. “The way Canada and the United States managed their joint land border in response to COVID-19 illustrates the extent to which functional borders… Continue reading The Open Border Paradox – The Emergent US-Canada Transgovernmental Regime: Christian Leuprecht and Todd Hataley for CIC

A few words of advice to Marc Garneau about dealing with China: David Kilgour in the Ottawa Citizen

A former Canadian secretary of state for Asia-Pacific points to three issues the new foreign minister must deal with quickly, writes David Kilgour in the Ottawa Citizen. By David Kilgour, February 10, 2021 Dear Foreign Minister Garneau, Canadians generally want Canadian values, including respect for human dignity, to assume a major role in our dealings… Continue reading A few words of advice to Marc Garneau about dealing with China: David Kilgour in the Ottawa Citizen

The Pandemic: High-water Mark for Government Intervention?: Philip Cross for Inside Policy

The response of governments was heavy-handed, lead-footed, and wrong-headed, writes Philip Cross. By Philip Cross, December 8, 2020 2020 forever will be associated with the coronavirus sweeping Canada and the world. However, its impact on the economy was much greater than on our health. Far fewer people were stricken by the virus than the initial… Continue reading The Pandemic: High-water Mark for Government Intervention?: Philip Cross for Inside Policy

Nation Building: Canada 2.0 – Brian Lee Crowley at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum

On November 27, MLI Managing Director Dr. Brian Lee Crowley participated in the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum. The topic of discussion was Nation Building: Canada 2.0, and Dr. Crowley spoke specifically about Alberta’s place in confederation and the value of institutional reform (or, lack thereof) in terms of resolving the issues facing Alberta.… Continue reading Nation Building: Canada 2.0 – Brian Lee Crowley at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum

The Pandemic and the Untimely Re-Emergence of Canadian Federalism: Ken Coates in the Epoch Times

The throne speech and the federal and provincial responses to the speeches by the governor general and the prime minister assumed the country was ready to return to political normalcy. The reality is that the imperatives of pandemic planning, preparation, and attentiveness must remain in place, writes Ken Coates in the Epoch Times.  By Ken… Continue reading The Pandemic and the Untimely Re-Emergence of Canadian Federalism: Ken Coates in the Epoch Times

Donald J. Savoie joins MLI as our newest distinguished fellow

OTTAWA, ON (February 20, 2020): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to welcome our newest Distinguished Fellow, Professor Donald J. Savoie – Canada’s foremost expert on how our government works. With a deep and wide career, Professor Savoie has had a long and profound influence over Canadian public policy for many years. As a Distinguished Fellow at MLI,… Continue reading Donald J. Savoie joins MLI as our newest distinguished fellow

Why Albertans are pondering the nuclear option of separation: Jack Mintz in Financial Post

The growing debate in Alberta on autonomy has gone past the point of one or two pipelines getting built. Alberta is a boiling cauldron about to blow its lid off, writes Jack Mintz. By Jack Mintz, January 27, 2020 Last weekend I participated in the “The Value of Alberta” conference in Calgary. While most of… Continue reading Why Albertans are pondering the nuclear option of separation: Jack Mintz in Financial Post

Western Canadians are paying HST on investment fees when their provinces don’t even levy that tax: Jack Mintz in the Financial Post

HST on investment fees is resulting in an $800 million transfer from western provinces to the rest of Canada, writes Jack Mintz.  By Jack Mintz, December 19, 2019 Many investors in the western provinces don’t know it but they are paying provincial HST on their management fees charged by mutual and other investment funds even… Continue reading Western Canadians are paying HST on investment fees when their provinces don’t even levy that tax: Jack Mintz in the Financial Post

An Alberta Pension Plan could be a slam-dunk: Jack Mintz in the Financial Post

The APP payroll tax could be significantly less than the CPP rate, which would encourage employers to hire more workers and provide tax relief, writes Jack Mintz.  By Jack Mintz, November 25, 2019 With the announcement by Premier Jason Kenney of the “fair deal” panel, Alberta takes on a new path to assert provincial autonomy.… Continue reading An Alberta Pension Plan could be a slam-dunk: Jack Mintz in the Financial Post

The Cost of Alberta’s ‘Fair Deal’ Pressure Tactic Only Worth it if Ottawa Yields: Philip Cross in the Epoch Times

Alberta’s political leaders must make the political judgement as to whether withdrawing from some federal programs will pressure Ottawa to ease the regulatory burden on energy, modify equalization, or increase pipeline access to overseas markets, writes Philip Cross.  By Philip Cross, November 20, 2019 The  goal of the Alberta government’s “fair deal” panel hearings is to correct… Continue reading The Cost of Alberta’s ‘Fair Deal’ Pressure Tactic Only Worth it if Ottawa Yields: Philip Cross in the Epoch Times